Gastric Balloon for Treatment of Obesity
The gastric balloon is a medical device developed for use as a temporary adjunct to diet and behavior modification to reduce the weight of patients who fail to lose weight with those measures alone. It is inserted into the stomach to reduce the capacity of the stomach and to affect early satiety.
The use of the gastric balloon is not covered under Medicare, since the long term safety and efficacy of the device in the treatment of obesity has not been established.
09/1987 - Provided that use of gastric balloon for treatment of obesity not covered. Effective date 09/18/1987. (TN 19)
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